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Kurahashi Yumiko

Author, Japanese
Kurahashi Yumiko (1935–2005) was a finalist in 1960 for Japan’s top literary award, the Akutagawa Prize, while still at university, and she went on to establish a reputation as one of Japan’s leading avant-garde writers. Her work was experimental and antirealist, questioning prevailing societal norms regarding sexual relations, violence, and social order. Her “antinovels” employed pastiche, parody, and other elements typical of postmodernist writing. In 1987 she was awarded the Izumi Kyōka Prize for Literature for her massive antiutopian work Journey to Amanon.